Engine Not Working

Why Is My Car Not Starting?

Most of the time, your car takes you to all the places you need to go without a problem. However, when something goes wrong, you may find that your reliable ride won't go anywhere. There are a number of possible reasons why a car won't start, ranging from simple issues such as an empty fuel tank to more severe problems with the engine and mechanical system.

Empty Fuel Tank

Running out of fuel is a common reason why a car won't start. Your vehicle will need to have a tow, or you'll need to call for roadside assistance if you are stranded with an empty fuel tank. Sometimes, a car's fuel gauge will break and produce a faulty reading. In that case, a mechanic will need to repair the gauge so that you get accurate readings.

Dead Battery

The battery is another common culprit for a car that won't start. Regular service is vital for checking the health of your battery. You can also check for battery problems at home if you have a battery tester on hand. Most batteries last between three and five years. However, subjecting the battery to hot summer temperatures or cold winter air can reduce its lifespan.

Bad Starter

The starter in your car's engine can break or become damaged, which in turn affects the engine's performance. The starter turns the engine over and signals it to start working. Like any part in your car, the starter has a finite lifespan. If it wears out, you'll need to take your car to a mechanic for a replacement.

Faulty Ignition

The ignition in your vehicle is another part that signals the engine to start working. If the ignition breaks, the engine won't receive the signals that it needs to start the car. The ignition can become damaged or break. A mechanic can use a tool called a multimeter to measure the ignition's electric voltage to see if a bad ignition is the reason why your car is having trouble starting.

Clogged Fuel Filter

Your vehicle requires clean air and clear fuel lines to function properly. One component in your vehicle that helps it run smoothly is the fuel filter in the engine. The engine fuel filter needs to be cleaned periodically to ensure oxygenated air can reach the engine. If the engine fuel filter gets clogged with debris and contaminants, the engine won't have the fresh air that it needs to run.

If you have problems with a car that won't start, contact our expert service department for diagnostics and repairs.


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